Effects of an Intervention Within a Sport Context on the Prosocial Behavior and Antisocial Behavior of Adolescents with Disruptive Behavior Disorders


  • Alexis McKenney
  • John Dattilo


A single-subject, multiple baseline across behaviors design was used to assess the effects of an intervention conducted within a sport context on prosocial behaviors (encouraging, helping, and conflict resolving) and antisocial behaviors (physical and verbal aggression) of five adolescents with disruptive behavior disorders. Results of the effects of the intervention were mixed. Level changes were observed immediately following initiation of the intervention for the behaviors of encouraging and helping, and higher mean values were maintained during intervention and follow-up for encouraging and conflict resolving. However, replication of effects was not observed across behaviors, prosocial behaviors decelerated during the intervention, and there was a lack of maintenance of the behaviors. In addition, the intervention did not appear to influence antisocial behaviors. Limitations and recommendations for research and practice are discussed.





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